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Domain Name

If you wish to own a website, this implies that you require a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-memorize name that you write in your browser's location bar when you desire to visit a certain website.

Why Do You Need a Domain?

This is a topic I introduce because of the fact that one week ago my boss proposed the idea of launching a web page for our brand new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he needs a web site, but has not made a decision yet about what it should look like, what it should include, etc. All that he revealed to me was the name of the website - its domain name. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-made web site and nothing else.

The Domain Name

Each website is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address, known also as an IP address. Paying a visit to a web site by writing the IP of the physical server in your browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domains appeared. Thus, a domain pertains to an IP on the web. Once it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain name, you first need to discover a domain registration provider. 50webs Web Hosting offers an optimal solution for my current and future projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a web hosting package at a later time - when my boss eventually reaches a decision about what purpose the site will have.

Hence, to register a domain, you have to select a name for your web site. Next, you have to pick a Top-Level Domain - this is what comes after the dot. For instance, in 'aa.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Apparently, '.com' signifies 'company', '.net' signifies 'network', '.org' signifies 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've chosen your domain and your future domain registrar, you need to confirm whether the domain name you wish to register is available for registration, since someone else might have snatched it already, however embarrassing this might be. Each domain name registrar company, including 50webs Web Hosting, offers a tool at their signup page, which confirms the availability of a particular domain name. To carry on with the registration of a domain name, you have to specify some domain registrant info - the name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the domain's registrant.

You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?

I registered .com, .net, .org and .info domain names for our project, according to the request of my still-unsure-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain management dashboard 50webs Web Hosting is offering and found it extremely easy to use - everything is logically organized and, from what I noticed in the web hosting CP demo at their site, after we upgrade to a shared hosting plan, it will remain the same, but with many more functionalities. This, thank God, will save me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to manage my domain and web hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to decide at least what the site should contain, I was pleased to find that the domain name administration dashboard offers DNS management and domain renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain template, which I resorted to in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Code Top-Level Domains

I was quite happy to find that 50webs Web Hosting is offering a lot of country-specific top-level domain names, as the project the website is aimed for is multinational. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are delegated to domestic registries, which allow domain name registration suppliers to register domains, typically at rates that are lower than those offered to the end customers. There are a lot of country-specific domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .es for Spain, .me for Montenegro, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I assume, will make my boss happy since we will be able to set up a local version of the website for each country where the project will be presented.